New principal hired for St. Thomas Catholic Grade School in Philo

St. Thomas Catholic School has named Lisa Doughan as principal for the upcoming school year.
Doughan, a native of Paris, Ill., started college as a journalism major but said she always had education in the back of her mind.
“I always loved to write, but teaching is definitely my passion,” she said.

Read the full story in the July 21 issue of The County Star.

Unit 4 to offer AP classes

Champaign Unit 4 school district is hosting free Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Boot Camps to provide broader access to these courses and exams that can give Unit 4 students a head start on college. Whether students are new to AP or have enrolled before, Central and Centennial high schools are joining forces to provide boot camps in a variety of subject areas this summer.

Unity High School eyed as potential location for cell tower

A Verizon cell tower could eventually be erected at Unity High School.
Superintendent Andy Larson told the school board Wednesday that a representative from a telecommunications company called Insite approached him — as well as some area farmers — about the possibility of putting up a 180-foot cell tower. The base would be about 100 feet by 100 feet.

Unit 7 school board hires new boys’ hoops coach

Springfield High School’s former basketball coach has been hired as the new Unity High School basketball coach.
The Unit 7 school board unanimously voted Thursday night to approve Matt Reed as the new boys basketball skipper.
Reed, a math teacher, takes the place of Rocket head coach Bill Ipsen.

Read the full story in the June 2 issue of The County Star.

Retiring Unity band director honored at open house reception

Retiring Unity High School band director Bill Jean was honored at a reception hosted by the Unity Music Boosters on May 10.
Parents and students presented Jean with gifts and talked about how he has affected them.
“It’s been awesome to have him with us,” Unity senior Daniel King said.

Read the full story in the May 26 issue.

Unit 7 school district lowering tax rate slightly

The Unit 7 school district’s tax rate is decreasing from $4.46 to $4.44 per $100 equalized assessed valuation.
Out of the 15 Champaign County school districts, only Champaign Unit 4 has a lower tax rate, $4.41.
Superintendent Andy Larson said the lower tax rate is a reflection of the school board being “very fiscally responsible” and relying on other revenue streams for its spending.

Mother's Day Tea

The Kitty Cat room at the Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana in Savoy held its annual Mother’s Day Tea on May 6. Students decorated boxes to give their mothers and made special keepsake books for them. Mothers enjoyed muffins and teacups of pink lemonade. Students entertained the mothers by singing a tune they learned called “The ABC's of You.”

Ceremony sends 110 new graduates out into the world

Unity High School’s Class of 2016 graduated on Sunday, with more than 100 students receiving their diplomas.
Hundreds of family members and friendss attended the 67th annual commencement ceremony at the Rocket Center.
Keegan Payne gave the Class of 2016 address and said that class members have continued to graduate in small ways throughout their four years at Unity.

Grandparents' Day

Generations came together at St. Thomas Catholic Grade School as students welcomed their grandparents Friday for Grandparents’ Day. The day started with a Mass prepared by the kindergarten and first-grade students. Everyone then enjoyed coffee, doughnuts and milk together before students provided a program.

Superintendent: Unity Junior High School safe despite student fight

Superintendent Andy Larson wants to assure Unity Junior High School students’ parents that their children are safe at the school.
There was an altercation involving two students as they were getting off of the bus last Wednesday morning at the school.
“It got physical, and some words were exchanged,” Larson said.

Read the full story in the April 14 issue of The County Star.

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